Please tell me about Antonio Cupo, who starred on Hallmark’s “Love at the Thanksgiving Parade.”
—Ruth Cornwall, Sedalia, Mo.
Cupo, 35, was born in Vancouver, Canada, to Italian immigrant parents Manlio and Lucia. He is the youngest of three children, and his sister Carmelina first introduced him to acting.
“My older sister was always acting in school plays, so I was always waiting for her,” he says. “Finally, she told me to audition for roles and I would get them.”
As a result, Cupo acted in school plays and also appeared in local theater productions from a young age. Following high school, he attended the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with a degree in English literature with an emphasis in theatre.
By his early 20s, his hobby had developed into a career. He had landed roles in the TV shows as “The L Word,” Steven Spielberg’s “Taken,” “Andromeda,” “Beggars and Choosers,” “Supernatural” and “Dark Angel.”
Cupo then was “discovered” by an Italian director who saw his performances in the film “Hollywood Files,” and, as a result, he moved to his parents’ native country, where he starred in the hit Italian TV series “Elisa di Rivombrosa.”
His film credits include “September Eleven 1683,” “Sword of War,” “Carnera: The Walking Mountain” and “Elegy.” His TV movies are “Love Notes” and “Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story.”
Cupo currently stars as Marco Moretti in “Bomb Girls,” now in its second season, airing on Reelz Channel in the U.S.
“I have worked with some great names, but that has never been my goal,” says Cupo, whose co-stars have included Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Dennis Hopper. “I make sure my goals are all about doing the work. I try to do a good job and the result is often working with amazing people. I also have a ton of fun doing it, which is key.”
In addition, Cupo, who was previously the lead singer of the rock band Hybrid Cartel, released an album last summer entitled “Antonio Cupo and the Violet Chronicles.”
Single, he divides his time between Vancouver, Los Angeles and Italy.